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Namibia grants travel documents to gay couple’s twin daughters


Phillip Lühl can now travel back home from South Africa with the twins

• The twin infant daughters of the couple can now travel to Namibia

• One of the parents is a Namibian professor whiles his husband is Mexican

• The couple married in South Africa and got the girls through surrogacy

The Namibian government through its home affairs ministry, has issued travel documents to twins born via surrogacy to a gay couple after a standoff last month.

The southern African country will this now allow the twin infant daughters of Phillip Lühl, a Namibian, and his Mexican husband Guillermo Delgado into the country.

The girls were born in neighbouring South Africa in March 2021 but efforts to get them travel documents to enter Namibia was rejected by the government.

A protest was held last month calling on the state to respect the rights of LGBTQ+ activists and to allow the girls to enter the country.

The embattled Namibian parent argued that the constitution does not require a biological link for citizenship by descent between parents and their children.

By law, however, same-sex relationships are illegal in Namibia, though there has been no known prosecution so far.

Local media portals also add that there are also no specific legal guidelines regarding surrogacy in Namibia.


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